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About the job

Salary: £45,859 - £48,804 a year plus £3,203 car benefit allowance and £5,000 market supplement

Hours per week: 37

Contract type: Permanent

We’re striving to improve here at Luton and are at an exciting point in our journey. We’re looking for a Team Manager in our Fostering Service Team. You will be leading and managing a team to achieve better outcomes for children, young people and their families through the delivery of high quality fostering services. Strategically developing the service to meet specific legislation, regulations, inspection requirements and other local targets.

This is a tremendously important role, as you will drive the overall operational management responsibility for the day to day running of Luton Borough Council’s Fostering Service to ensure excellent practice across the team that make up the service.

About you

We are looking for someone who has substantial post qualification experience in social care and experience of complex child protection and statutory case work. You’ll also need knowledge of permanency planning and demonstrable experience across all functions within the fostering service.

Our ideal candidate will need to have good numeracy and literacy skills and be able to manage a budget.

You will have the opportunity to develop on your already existing knowledge of legislation and statutory responsibilities relating to Fostering Services including quality standards. This also includes your understanding of child development and issues of family dynamics.

Additional information

Luton Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

Applicants must be willing to undergo child and/or vulnerable adults protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).

We offer a range of excellent staff benefits which include:

• flexible working arrangements - we welcome requests for flexible working arrangements including part-time hours and alternative working patterns

• 24/7 independent Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

• generous holiday entitlement with the option to buy up to 20 days

• local government pension with generous employer contribution

• excellent support and development

• relocation package available up to £8,500 (subject to meeting eligibility criteria)

• half price season ticket on Thameslink train line

• discounted shopping including gym membership and Vauxhall cars

• Luton Council is proud to offer a Housing Brokerage Service for Key Workers to help and support eligible employees in finding suitable housing


Application process

Because of the nature of this job, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of criminal record disclosure to be undertaken. Therefore, it is essential in making your application you disclose whether you have any pending charges, convictions, bind-overs or cautions and, if so, for which offences. This post will be exempt from the provisions of Section 4 (2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exemptions) (Amendments) Order 1986. Therefore, applicants are not entitled to withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are ‘spent’ under the provision of the Act, and, in the event of the employment being taken up; any failure to disclose such convictions will result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the Authority. The fact that a pending charge, conviction, bind-over or caution has been recorded against you will not necessarily debar you from consideration for this appointment.